When it comes to decorating, basic living room rules regarding layout and design can help you create a space that feels balanced, functional, and complete. Keep an eye on proper furniture sizes and spacing, the right amount of decor and accessories, the rug's appropriate shape and size, and the correct placement of lighting, all of which change the look and feel of the room.
Carpets vs Rugs
If you don't have wall-to-wall carpeting, choose a living room area rug or two to help define seating zones and anchor or unify the space. There are plenty of colour and pattern choices, but the size and placement of the rug will affect the way you feel in the room. Here are a few things to consider.
The rug size for your living room should not be too small. Ideally, all four legs of all furnishings should fit on the rug. At least the front legs of every piece of furniture should fit on the rug. But all the legs of your smaller pieces should fit on the rug. There are exceptions, though—if you have a small living room, putting just the four legs of a coffee table on the rug looks balanced and well-placed. A sectional sofa, however, should always have all of its legs on the rug to unify its size and shape.
Use an area rug to cover the entire living room floor, almost like wall-to-wall carpeting. Or you can place the rug in the center of the room if your furniture is pulled away from the walls. For added interest, layer area rugs one on top of another or layer an area rug on top of wall-to-wall carpeting.
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